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239 marijuana plants seized in Columbia County drug operation

Deputies arrested Jeffrey Belcastro, 27, (left) and Kevin Calvin, 53, (right) after executing a search warrant at a home in the 1900 block of Columbia Rd. 45 on December 1. (Photo courtesy: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

More than 200 marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia were seized when a large drug manufacturing project was busted in Columbia County earlier this month.

Deputies arrested Kevin Calvin, 53, of McNeil and Jeffrey Belcastro, 27, of Las Vegas after executing a search warrant at a home in the 1900 block of Columbia Rd. 45 on December 1.

In their search, deputies say they found 17.5 oz. of cultivated marijuana, various paraphernalia and more than 239 plants.

The drugs were seized and taken to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, where they were placed into evidence.

McNeil and Belcastro were both taken into custody for manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.

They appeared in court on December 5 and were each given a $100,000 bond.

The sheriff's office says other possible suspects are being investigated in the ongoing case.

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